Meena

Occupation:
Actress, Supporting Cast
Awards:
Kalaimamani from the Govt. of Tamil Nadu, 1997-1998;Nandi Awards from Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for 1992 for Seetha Ramayyagarri Manavaralu and 1993 for Rajeshwari Kalyanam;Cinema Express Best Actress Awards for Seetha Ramayya Gaari Manavaralu in Telugu.
Years Active:
1982-Present
Meena
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Real/Other Names:: Meena Durairaj, Meenu
Date of Birth:: September 16, 1970(Age-40)
Place of Birth:: Chennai

Family and Relations

Spouse:Vidyasagar

Mini Biography
Acting career:

Meena started her career in 1982 as a child artist in the film Nenjangal, featuring Dr Sivaji Ganesan in the lead role, after Ganesan saw her at a birthday party. She says of Ganesan that "I feel extremely proud to have been discovered by the legend.
She made her debut in Tamil in Oru Pudiya Kadhai, and also stars in Telugu and Kannada films. Her first role in Malayalam that gained attention was in Santhwanam. Meena has expressed a wish to do more films in Malayalam.She says of her transition from being a child star to being a heroinethat "Memories as a child are really fabulous and I still cherish them.And it is still more special as that phase is over. Now, I am enjoyingmy stint as a heroine.
She has played the role of leading heroines in Tamil and Telagufilms since the early 90s, often playing characters without negativityor grey shades. She has generally avoided glamorous roles though shehas acted in a few like Maaman Magal in Tamil opposite Sathyaraj and Muta Mestri in Telugu opposite Chiranjeevi. In the Kannada remake of Autograph, she reprised Sneha's role of Divya.
She has acted with Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Vijayakanth, Ajith Kumar, Prabhu Deva, Sarathkumar, Mammootty, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Prashanth, Sudeep, Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, Raviteja, eventually herself becoming a star. She had hits with films like Muthu, Ejaman, Veera , Avvai Shanmughi and Mutamestri. She also acted opposite Vijay in Shajahan and played a role along with Surya in Periyanna. She acted opposite Vikram in Kadhaleesham. Meena has acted both as a child and as an adult opposite Rajnikanth.
Following the release of Muthu in Japan and its commercial success, Meena's popularity rose in Japan.citation needed A role in Kadha Parayumbol and in its Tamil and Telugu remakes, Kuselan and Kathanayakudu respectively, were well received by audiences. Meena has expressed regret about Kuselan, after her part was overshadowed.She has gained two substantial roles in Malayalam opposite Mammootty and Mohanlal. Her acting in Mariyadhai alongside Vijayakanth has been well received.
Meena has said that her own favorite roles were in Bharathi Kannamma and Shock in Tamil, Seetha Ramayya Gaari Manavaralu in Telugu, Santhwanam in Malayalam and Swathi Muthu in Kannada, "though every film of mine is close to my heart.

Recent and upcoming roles:
Meena's releases in 2009 are Mariyadhai with Vijayakanth and Katha, Samvidhanam: Kunchako with Sreenivasan.She was reported to be taking the lead actress role in the Malayalam film Sagar alias jackie, but she was replaced by Shobhana.InMalayalam, Meena paired with Mohanlal the most and almost all theirmovies were successful.They are considered as "lucky pair" in Mollywood.She is now acting in a Malayalam movie titled Pattunool unjal opposite Manoj.K.Jayan, and is due to play the Telugu Saint Vengamamba in Tarigonda Vengamamba, directed by Uday Bhaskar.

Music composing:
Meena has been a playback singer for some albums with Manoj Bharathi. She sang a song for the Tamil film Kadhal Sadugudu.Meena has recorded two pop albums, 16 Vayathinile, and Kadhalism, which she began recording in 2001 with actor Vikram.

Television:
Meena has appeared in several television shows and soap operas

She acted as a married woman in a 1990 TV serial Anbulla Amma co-starring with Tamil actress Manorama.
She hosted a game show on Jaya TV in 2005 called Houseful.
She appeared as one of the judges for the first season of the dancing competition Masthana Masthana aired on Sun TV.
She appeared on Sun TV's serial Lakshmi in 2006.
She acted in the TV serial Mudda Mandaram on Gemini TV.
She appeared in a serial on Sun TV in 2009 called Kalyanam, written by Pattukottai Prabhakar.
She has appeared in adverts for such products as cosmetics, jewellery, and silks.

Personal life:
Meena is an only child, a tamilian by birth. She was enrolled in Vidyodhya schools in Chennai.Because of her busy acting schedule she had to discontinue schooling inthe 8th standard, later taking up private coaching and completing the10th standard. She went on to get her MA in History from the University of Madras through the open university system in 2006. Meena is a trained Bharathanatyam dancer and speaks six languages well Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada and English.
Her mother has played a pivotal role in shaping her career and actedas her guide and advisor. Meena has always credited her mother forstanding behind her as pillar of strength. When Meena's make-up artist failed to turn up at a remote village in Kakinada during the shooting of Bobbili Simham in 1994, her co-star Roja Selvamani did her hairstyling, beginning their friendship. She has acted as Roja's younger sister in several Telugu films. Other friends are actress Maheswari and Devayani.
Meena got married to a software engineer from Bengaluru at Tirupathion 12 July 2009. Their reception was held on 14 July 2009.Meena saysshe will continue with her acting career.


Photo Gallery

Meena At Viscosity Dance Academy Launch
Meena At Viscosity Dance Academy Launch
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